National Space Centre

National Space Centre
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The National Space Centre is a Science and Discovery Centre dedicated to the awe-inspiring story of Space exploration. Discover six interactive galleries, the UK's largest planetarium and the iconic, 42 metre-high Rocket Tower.

Venue Type:

Museum, Science centre

Opening hours

Monday - Friday: 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday - Sunday: 10:00 - 17:00

Closed: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day

Admission charges

Adult £15.00
Child (5-16) £12.00
Concession (over 60,NUS,Disability) £12.00
Under 5s: Free

Getting there

By Car: The National Space Centre is located just off the A6, two miles north of Leicester City Centre, midway between Leicester’s inner and outer ring roads. Brown road signs with a distinctive rocket logo will direct you from the arterial routes around Leicester. We have over 400 parking spaces in our car park, including 23 enhanced accessibility spaces, charged at £3 pay and display for the whole day.

By Bus: First Bus 54 runs every 10 mins throughout the day Monday to Saturday and every 20 mins on Sunday running from 9.30am. The bus stop is only 2 minutes’ walk away from the National Space Centre.

By Rail:
East Midland Trains and Cross Country Trains serve Leicester Station. From here you can either take a bus or a taxi to the National Space Centre. First bus 54 runs every 10 minutes Monday to Saturday and every 20 minutes on Sunday from Charles Street, a short walk from the station.

Park & Ride:
The National Space Centre, Abbey Pumping Station and Dock all now have their very own Park and Ride bus stop. Just head to the Birstall Park and Ride site and hop on a bus to us. The stop is on Abbey Lane, opposite ASDA supermarket and just a short walk to the Centre (just look for the Rocket Tower). The Park and Ride option is a great option for special events, wet school holiday days and when the 400 spaces in our car park are full.

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Child enjoying Space activities

Destination Space(port)

  • 8 August — 6 September 2020 *on now

Are you ready for take-off? The UK is go for launch!
As part of our Destination Space programme, this summer holiday we will be blasting off from the UK, thanks to some brand-new Spaceports.

With the UK government announcing a new spaceport in the north of Scotland, and Cornwall partnering with Virgin Orbit to launch small satellites from its airport, we could see the first launches from the UK as early as 2021.

Join us as we find out what this means for the UK space industry and when you can see a live launch in action. Included in your first visit is access to the exhibition, a Planetarium show and lot of additional talks, activities and workshops.

• Activities Include •

• This IS Rocket Science!
Join our Discovery team for an explosive show to discover how rockets will launch from the UK. We’ll take you on a mission to see what will be launched and how we will make it go with a (very safe) bang!

• Spaceports in the UK
Where would YOU build a spaceport? Discover the locations for future space ports in the UK, why they are being developed and potentially when you can see the very first live launch.

• Satellite in my Pocket
Find out how a tiny pocket satellite works and how these tiny 250g cubes of electronics help universities worldwide to perform space science and exploration.

• Planetarium Show
When you buy a ticket to the National Space Centre you will also be able to see one of our award-winning planetarium shows at no extra cost.

If you are visiting with an Annual Pass, you can buy a show for £3 per person (subject to availability) when booking in advance (essential for all Annual Pass visits).

• CAPCOM GO!
An immersive fulldome show celebrating the Apollo Space programme. Take a seat in the UKs largest Planetarium to see our latest award-winning show.

CAPCOM GO! showcases the achievements of the Apollo program and what it took to put the first human on the Moon.

• The safety of our visitors and staff is our top priority. Booking in advance is ESSENTIAL (including Annual Pass and voucher holders). Please read all our pre-visit information in advance to ensure a safe and enjoyable day out: https://spacecentre.co.uk/essential-information/ •

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adult: £15.50
Child: £12.50
Concession: £12.50
Under Fives: Free

Website

https://spacecentre.co.uk/event/destination-spaceport/

Getting there

By Car: The National Space Centre is located just off the A6, two miles north of Leicester City Centre, midway between Leicester’s inner and outer ring roads. Brown road signs with a distinctive rocket logo will direct you from the arterial routes around Leicester. We have over 400 parking spaces in our car park, including 23 enhanced accessibility spaces, charged at £3 pay and display for the whole day.

By Bus: First Bus 54 runs every 10 mins throughout the day Monday to Saturday and every 20 mins on Sunday running from 9.30am. The bus stop is only 2 minutes’ walk away from the National Space Centre.

By Rail:
East Midland Trains and Cross Country Trains serve Leicester Station. From here you can either take a bus or a taxi to the National Space Centre. First bus 54 runs every 10 minutes Monday to Saturday and every 20 minutes on Sunday from Charles Street, a short walk from the station.

Park & Ride:
The National Space Centre, Abbey Pumping Station and Dock all now have their very own Park and Ride bus stop. Just head to the Birstall Park and Ride site and hop on a bus to us. The stop is on Abbey Lane, opposite ASDA supermarket and just a short walk to the Centre (just look for the Rocket Tower). The Park and Ride option is a great option for special events, wet school holiday days and when the 400 spaces in our car park are full.

National Space Centre
Exploration Drive
Leicester
Leicestershire
LE4 5NS
England

Website

http://www.spacecentre.co.uk

E-mail

Information

info@spacecentre.co.uk

Telephone

Information

0116 261 0261

Groups and Schools

0116 258 2111

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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